[QODLink]
Africa

Floods affect 300,000 across Sudan

World Health Organisation says 48 people killed this month after heavy rains destroyed properties of 65,957 families.

Last Modified: 23 Aug 2013 12:45
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The Blue Nile river has risen and washed over about one kilometre of farmland in the east of Khartoum [AFP]

More than 300,000 people across Sudan have been affected by floods and almost 50 people have been killed this month, the UN's World Health Organisation has said.

The WHO revealed the scale of the devastation on Thursday as a new thunderstorm and strong winds rattled parts of the capital, Khartoum, already suffering from what the UN said was the worst inundation in 25 years.

"Heavy rains and floods in Sudan have affected lives and properties of some 65,957 families or 320,000 people," WHO said in a report.

As of Wednesday, 48 people had been killed and 70 injured. Property damage has been reported in 14 of the country's 18 states, the organisation said.

Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed, the interior minister, gave a higher death toll of 53 last week.

The WHO said one of the major health concerns was the collapse of almost 53,000 pit-latrines.

River swollen

In addition to damage from the flash floods which struck urban neighbourhoods earlier this month, the Blue Nile river in Khartoum has risen.

AFP reporters on Thursday saw the river had washed over about one kilometre of farmland in the east of the city, but a sand berm appeared to have been erected in an effort to block further intrusion.

Mark Cutts, who heads the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan, said the UN was ready to support the government to help those affected by the floods, even though UN humanitarian operations in Sudan "have been severely underfunded" in 2013.

Aid workers were also assisting hundreds of thousands displaced this year by worsening fighting in the western Darfur region.

More than one million more have been uprooted or severely affected by war in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Foreign aid to assist flood victims has flown in from Morocco, Qatar, Ethiopia and Egypt, according to official media.

306

Source:
AFP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.